Pop Culture Cocktails brings together the best of entertainment and mixology. Keeping with the festive spirit, which inspired the Twilight Martini, and the Ghost Adventures Gimlet, we seize the coattails of everyone’s favorite wizard, and toast the November 19th release of the latest Harry Potter movie.
So, temperatures in the South are back in the 90’s, and you have had enough of your kids’ candy to last until Christmas. This may not be the best time for hot chocolate. But there aren’t that many cocktails with which we could fashion an appropriately alliterative title here, and a Harry Potter Deathly Hallows High Ball doesn’t have modern appeal.
You stood in line for three hours to get the book, which you read in a day and a half. You’ve waited three years for the movie adaptation only to find it has been broken into two parts, the second of which won’t be out for another couple years. Right about now, J.K. Rowling’s legal-drinking-age fans could probably use a cocktail.
Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows Hot Chocolate Martini:
2oz Smirnoff Blue Dark Roasted Espresso Vodka
1/2oz Creme de Cacao (light or dark)
1/2oz Light Cream
Honeyduke’s Chocolate Frog garnish
Rim Martini glass with sugar. Combine Smirnoff, Creme de Cacao and cream in shaker. Shake, strain into glass. If your cup runneth over, your glasses are too small, or you have a heavy hand for which you have the Vodka Examiner’s respect. Top with hot chocolate, if you have room. If not, take a big swig off your drink, then fill with hot chocolate. If you prefer, you may fill with cold chocolate or chocolate milk. Some cannot get used to a hot martini, but the Harry Potter Deathly Hallows Tepid Chocolate Cocktail did not impress our focus group.
Sure, with the unseasonable weather outside, and the bags of Halloween candy inside, this may not be the most timely recipe. In no time, however, your kids will realize you’ve been stealing from them, and will cut you off. Plus, it will be snowing soon, and a nicely spiked hot chocolate will be just the thing.